The adventures to be had at theme parks in Orlando are practically endless, and for vacationers it can even seem overwhelming to try to see it all. However, frequent visitors or annual passholders may be interested in finding a new way to bring the magic to life. Luckily, there are several low-cost (some are even free!) interactive adventures to embark on at your favorite parks.
Walt Disney World
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive scavenger hunt with the goal of stopping Hades and his villain friends from reassembling Merlin’s Crystal of the Magic Kingdom and taking over the park as his summer home. Guests can follow infamous bad guys like Yzma, Cruella de Vil, Scar, Maleficent, and Ursula as they stalk the park for hidden fragments of the crystal in an effort to keep them from stealing the pieces. Start at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A to pick up your supplies: Merlin’s Mystical map, a Sorcere Key Card, and spell cards, and get a quick lesson from Cast Members on how to unlock the Magic Portals. All throughout Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, and Fantasyland there are 20 Magic Portals that need to be unlocked. The mystical map has clues to help guide you to each stop. Once you’ve arrived at a portal you’ll use your sorcerer key card to unlock it, then use spell cards to fight against Hades’ friend, eliminating them along the way. Once you’ve battled every villain, you’ll have to face off against Hades himself in order to join the ranks of Master Sorcerer. There are 9 different quests, and you can pick up a new set of spell cards each time you visit the park. Collect them all to continue the adventure whenever you’d like!
Epcot’s Kidcot Fun Stops are a creative way for guests of all ages to experience the World Showcase. At your first stop, a cast member will provide you with a free “Duffy the Disney Bear” cardboard cutout on a stick. All around the World Showcase, there are Kidcot stops set up for guests to collect “passport stamps” that represent each country and to color Duffy the Disney Bear. At the end of the showcase, you can take home a one of a kind souvenir from around the world at Epcot! The Kidcot Fun Stops can be found in the following areas:
- Mexico Pavilion: Near Animales Fantasticos
- Norway Pavilion: at The Puffin’s Roost
- China Pavilion: near the Reflections of China exit
- Germany Pavilion: at Volkunst
- Italy Pavilion: outside, near La Bottega Italiana
- American Adventure Pavilion: outside, near Heritage Manor Gifts
- Japan Pavilion: in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery
- Morocco Pavilion: at the Marketplace in the Medina
- France Pavilion: at Souvenirs de France
- United Kingdom Pavilion: at the Toy Soldier
- Canada Pavilion: near the exit of O Canada!
Another way to make Epcot more interactive is by joining Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Start by signing up for free online, then connect to “The Agency” via smartphone. Each pavilion has its own spy adventure, lasting about 30-45 minutes, where players solve clues sent via text message from Major Monogram and Carl to stop Dr. Doofenschmirtz from getting away with his evil plan. There are missions in to embark on in the China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Unite Kingdom pavilions. Progress is only saved during the day, so if you leave the park before completing a mission you’ll have to start over on your next visit. After completing all the tasks, you’ll receive a very special thank you from Agent P!
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can start a quest to become a Wilderness Explorer with challenges all over the park. Start by picking up a Wilderness Explorer field guide from Headquarters on the bridge between Discovery Island and the Oasis or from the Wilderness Explorer stops in Africa, Rakifi’s Planet Watch, or Dinoland U.S.A. With over 30 badges to collect you can try a few challenges every time you visit the park,
Starting June 30, the Play Disney Parks app will offer guests even more opportunity to interact with the parks on another level. Perfect for playing with family friends while waiting in lines, the app will have activities that interact with attraction queues, games that bring popular Disney stories to life, and interactive Disney trivia from around the parks. Players will also be able to earn and share digital souvenirs based on achievements earn by participating in the games and activities.
At Universal Orlando, you can explore Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade like a true wizard by casting spells with an interactive wand all over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Although the wands are an additional cost, it’s a one time purchase that can be used to uncover more magic every time you return to the parks. The excitement starts from the very beginning, with an entertaining wand choosing show at Ollivander’s. A lucky audience member gets chosen to join Ollivander on stage to see which wand will choose them. Once you’ve received your interactive wand, you’ll use the map to locate all the spell locations scattered around the Wizarding World. Each stop is signified by a brass marker on the ground and expert spell casters are likely to be nearby if you need a few tips on perfecting the spell. Of the 25 spells on the map (16 in Diagon Alley and 9 in Hogsmeade) some are more difficult than others, but once you’ve mastered them you’ll be able to make the Wizarding World come to life with spells like “Meletojinx” which makes rain appear. In addition to the spell locations on the map, there are a few secret spots that you can search for on your journey. Here’ a hint: one of the secret spots is at the Slug & Jiggurs Apothecary storefront in Diagon Alley.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
You can explore LEGOLAND Florida in a totally new way with the park’s GPS adventure game “Quest to LEGOLAND“. The free app can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets and features 40 total games that each offer a new experience based on the routes you take. The adventure is led by a LEGO minifigure who follows your path around the park providing puzzles, games, quizzes and trivia related to various LEGOLAND landmarks. Overall, guests can learn over 1,000 bits of park trivia.